Coach John Fox recovering after heart surgery

Coach John Fox recovering after heart surgery

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 7:38 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former Panthers coach John Fox was recovering in post-operative critical care unit at Carolinas Medical Center Monday night following an aortic valve transplant.

"Every patient is different.  Most patients are in the hospital five to seven days.  But exactly when someone returns to work varies quite a bit between patient to patient," said Dr. Eric Skipper, director of Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute.

Fox was admitted to the hospital over the weekend after feeling dizzy while playing golf at Quail Hollow, near his home in South Charlotte.  Fox is currently the head coach of the Denver Broncos.

“This is a serious thing for John.  This was a serious procedure.  Fortunately, from what we understand, things went well,” said John Elway, Executive Vice President of the Broncos.

Fox’s wife, Robin, issued a statement late Monday thanking fans for their support.

“Our family greatly appreciates the overwhelming support and well-wishes we’ve received for John.  Along with his medical team, we will take great care of him so he can fully recover and get back to coaching the Broncos as soon as possible.” 

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